Blue Jays Trade Rumours – July 30, 2012

Well as the deadline comes down to the wire (July 31) it appears trade talks involving the Blue Jays are cooling on almost all reported players linked to the team at one point.  Here are a few updates:

-Peter Gammons of MLB Network reported today that the Athletics have backed off their pursuit of Drew and Yunel Escobar for now, (Twitter link). 

Oakland is reluctant to match Toronto’s asking price on Escobar, according to Rosenthal. Drew and Escobar are Oakland’s top two choices for a shortstop upgrade, Jon Heyman reported today.

Quick Take: Good, I would hope the price for a decent shortsop signed to a team friendly deal coming off of a 4+ win season would be relatively high.  You would have to think the Blue Jays would love to poach a starting pitcher they could plug directly into their rotation as well as a prospect (at any position) to move Yunel.

-The Blue Jays are unlikely to complete a trade for Marlins right-hander Josh Johnson, Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports reports (on Twitter). The Marlins expect to keep Johnson instead of trading him.

Quick Take: This deal seemed like a long shot when hearing the reported asking price from the Marlins.  If they were hoping to land a guy like Jurickson Profar from the Texas Rangers (possibly the best prospect in all of baseball) they are likely starting at Travis dArnaud + at least one of our top pitching prospects (Aaron Sanchez or Derek Norris) plus more, but that is pure speculation.

-The Yankees haven’t contacted the Rockies about Rafael Betancourt, and it’s doubtful the Rockies will trade him at all, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports (on Twitter). The Orioles, Athletics, Rangers,Braves, Red Sox and Blue Jays have all been linked to Betancourt.


4 Responses to “Blue Jays Trade Rumours – July 30, 2012”

  1. 1 chief00 July 31, 2012 at 12:40 am

    Travis Snider for Brad Lincoln. Seriously? Surely Snider and some of the prospects in the Happ deal could have been used for someone better?

    Anyways, Yovani Gallardo, Justin Masterson, or Matt Garza. Those are the names I came up with after my previous comment…

  2. 2 chief00 July 30, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    I got a charge out of reading some A’s fans’ comments regarding the higher price for Yunel. They see him as a marginal upgrade over Hicks and Pennington. I doubt whether Billy would be looking at Yunel if he was only a slight upgrade (offensively) over what they already had. Never mind the failure to see the significant differences between them…

    I don’t know if I can take it any longer. If AA doesn’t make a move to improve the Jays, then…

    • 3 AL Eastbound (@ALEastbound) July 30, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      I know, get real, Cliff Pennington. Come on now. Yunel Escobar even on a down year provides nearly league average offense and above average defense at a premium position with a team friendly contract. AKA valuable.

      I am still hoping AA pulls off a stealthy deal for a young starting pitcher nobody is talking about. He owes it to this current squad who have battled day in and day out a bit of help to see if they can take this to the next level THIS year.

      Not at the expense of the grand plan, which I like, but a bit of help like the JA Happ trade.

      • 4 chief00 July 30, 2012 at 11:30 pm

        I don’t know what kind of message it sends to the players and fans if nothing is done. It wouldn’t be a very popular. When the off-season produced as little as it did, I was mildly disappointed. If this deadline produces nothing substantial–don’t get me wrong, I like the Happ deal but it’s a relatively-minor one–it’ll be that much more difficult to get in line with what you rightly call the grand plan.

        I’ve been thinking about a ‘stealthy deal’ for a few days, but can’t come up with any names. I sure as heck don’t want to see Blanton in Blue Jay blue, though. That said, I hope the O’s get him. 🙂

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